Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Video: Streetfighter Version of the BMW S1000RR Spotted

05/29/2013 @ 11:52 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

Video: Streetfighter Version of the BMW S1000RR Spotted bmw s1000rr naked bike 635x355

The eagle eyes over at the Italian magazine Motociclismo have caught BMW testing the naked-bike version of the BMW S1000RR out in Italy. A machine that has long been rumored, and expected to be the encore production of the Germany company’s very successful superbike project, the streetfightered RR is expected to have the same four-cylinder superbike motor, though likely in a lower state of tune.

Dressed in BMW’s typical black and white swirl camouflage, it is hard to see all the details of the new motorcycle, though the front fairing looks ahem interesting. Building off an already existing model, a naked RR is the logical next machine to come from zie Germans, and if it debuts as a 2014 machine, then we can expect to see it at the EICMA show in Milan later this year in November (there is no INTERMOT show this year).

Source: Motociclismo.it

Comment:

  1. Sbraz says:

    Which is the sense of it???
    No point for a bike like that…

  2. JoeD says:

    Many of us prefer the trimmed down look. A mechanical treat for the eys. Servicing my Benelli is a breeze comparred to fully faired bikes

  3. akatsuki says:

    JoeD – why not just strip the fairings then?

  4. Faust says:

    @akatsuki

    Because a naked version typically means more usable power and better ergos. Have you just never heard of the Tuono? The Streetfighter? The Z1000? Nakeds are also usually significantly cheaper than the bikes they are derived from. A Tuono costs a grand less than the RSV4. So if you were to just “strip the fairings”, you would pay full price for an S1000RR, just to take everything off, have to buy different rear sets, different handlebars, (you can see in the pic they are not clip ons) an aftermarket headlight assembly, a fly screen, and you wouldn’t have the partial fairing seen here that covers your coolant tank and other stuff you don’t really want to see. Or you could just buy this bike when it comes out. What makes more sense to you?

  5. paulus - Thailand says:

    Personally, I like naked bikes.
    Nakeds tend to be more usable and more practical for everyday riding and touring…. more fun in general.

    As the biking population gets older… ‘arse up/wrists down’ gets less sustainable LOL

  6. Damo says:

    I hope that headlight set up is just a prototype/placeholder.

    UGGH.

  7. Brandon says:

    did the passenger flip off the camera?

  8. jet says:

    1 Word , Ugly….Bird beak nose…lol

  9. SquidleyMcSquidson says:

    You know what else has a beak nose? BMW’s best selling R1200 series… Is there a reason they wouldn’t stick with what works? They sell tons of those.

  10. “Is there a reason they wouldn’t stick with what works? They sell tons of those.”

    A nice SPORT-touring version of an R90RS with USD forks, modern rear suspension, half-fairing and a sane seating position would be most welcome. BMW’s current crop of naked bikes are FUGLY!

    IMO and all that.

  11. MikeD says:

    I wouldn’t be caught riding it UNLESS it had A BEAK. I DEMAND A BEAK.
    B.S-ing aside, from the looks of it it looks like a fine contestant for the ” A FACE ONLY A MOTHER CAN LOVE” award. . . right next to the TUONO and the STELVIO.

    Let’s wait for EICMA and give it the benefit of the doubt.

    Apart from the Brutale what the hell is wrong with designers and the blind MOFOS upstairs that sign off and approve these FUGLY projects now a days ? Pumping out nakeds that look like UBER CRAP !

    @Damo:

    Wish harder, A LOT harder, ’cause i’m affraid those are there to stay. LOL.

    @Sbraz:

    It makes no sense to you so it shouldn’t exist, according to that principle the world as we know would be one GRAY DULL place to live.
    I own a naked myself, SADLY it don’t fit me anymore……….i do too many freeway miles at high speed, it’s taking a toll on my out of shape body…………but that’s doesn’t make it a bad bike to deny it’s place on the motorcycling world.
    Shit, if it were up to me i would love to have right now one of those overkill K1600GT considered by many as too much motorcycle for too much $$$$ with way too many bells and whistles.

    Different horses(bikes) for different courses(riders). (~_^)

    @Trane:

    Easy with those comments or else the BMW Mob will come to your house in the middle of the night, drag your current NON-BMW bike out to the middle of the street and set it on fire before your very own eyes.

  12. @Mike:

    Truth be told, I be jonesing for a GS650GSS (Sertão). The adventure bug’s bitten hard after prowling ADVrider for a few months. Beside that, though, I freely confess to becoming a curmudgeonly luddite. The best looking bike I’ve seen in the last year is the new Royal Enfield Continental GT. Classic lines. (Classic tech, too. LOL)

  13. Brijesh jagan says:

    might have to wait to see what the final product would end up looking like.. not a bad start. currently ride a K1200R , absolutely love it, what i was really hoping for was a K1600R, and if it ever makes it State side!!

  14. akatsuki says:

    I guess my view is that if you are looking for all that comfort stuff – go buy a MTS1200 or F800. I just don’t get the streetfighter thing – it is just a compromised sportbike.

  15. CTK says:

    @akatsuki- its pretty simple- some people want the thrills and performance of a sport bike without the torture rack ergonomics. Personally I find adventure bikes to be hideous, and the F800 is just a really slow, heavy and ugly streetfighter. Bikes like the FZ1 and Z1000 have endured for very good reasons.

    My only gripe with streetfighters is the complete lack of wind protection. Kind of important on a bike w/even just 100RWHP. I would love (and am making) a half-faired bike, but one that isn’t quite as bolt upright and dorky as an FZ1, or as pointless for wind protection as something like a Tuono. But we will see. A streetfighter is a sportbike, just with different ergonomics and plastic

  16. SquidleyMcSquidson says:

    And I don’t get Harleys. If you don’t like it, don’t buy one. You shouldn’t have to deal with a dramatic reduction in performance just to get some extra comfort. An F800R has 86 hp… How is that comparable to this bike? It may shock people, but there are those out there who want performance AND comfort. Go to a track day and look around, you’d be stunned at the kind of bikes that track day enthusiasts bring out. I regularly see Tuonos, touring BMWs, monsters, VFRs, and a ton of other stuff I didn’t expect. Buy the bikes you want and let other people decide what works for them. Unless they are on a Harley, that’s just stoooooopid! (That was obviously a joke….)

  17. SquidleyMcSquidson says:

    @CTK

    +1, I completely forgot about the FZ1

  18. MikeD says:

    Brijesh jagan says:

    ” what i was really hoping for was a K1600R, and if it ever makes it State side!! ”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You have spoken truly like a “MadMan” \(^_^)/. . . and you have my support 200%. . . let’s hope now BMW has the b@lls to pull something as non-rational as it.